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Opportunity zones: The last great neoliberal experiment

The opportunity zones created by the federal tax reform of 2017 have all been set up, and the money has started to flow. When...

Poverty worse than gentrification

First, the good news. More white Americans want to live in heavily black neighborhoods. A 2016 paper by the National University of Singapore’s Kwan...

Elorza lays out plans to foster economic equality in inaugural address

PROVIDENCE – Delivering his second inaugural address Monday, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza called upon the city’s most powerful institutions to help solve Providence’s economic...
COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS: Jeffrey Kerkhoff, owner of Jephry Floral Studio on Broadway in Providence, with customer Melissa Lamoine of Cumberland. Kerkhoff said he feels comfortable in a neighborhood that has improved in value and esteem since he first opened his floral business 20 years ago.
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As investment boosts city neighborhoods, can developers avoid displacing the poor?

Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Kerkhoff opened a floral ­studio in a narrow backroom of an upholstery business on Broadway, on the west side of...
OLNEYVILLE, WHICH has had substantial reinvestment in the past decade, is among the areas of Providence identified in a new report as experiencing gentrification, such as increasing rents. / COURTESY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS

Report identifies Providence neighborhoods experiencing gentrification pressure

PROVIDENCE — The city has several neighborhoods that have experienced gentrification pressure between 2000 and 2015, according to a new study by HousingWorks RI...
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